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Asian air safety problems aggravated by COVID-19

Issues of pilot training and safety plague cash-strapped airlines

Officials inspect the wreckage of an Air India Express jet at Calicut International Airport in Kerala, India, on Aug. 8.   © AFP/Jiji

TOKYO -- Despite the reduced air traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic, major air accidents and fatalities are running higher than usual this year, with Asia a major part of the problem.

Fatalities involving commercial airliners stand at 315 so far, already exceeding last year's total of 283, according to Aviation Safety Network data. Last month, 21 died when an Air India Express jet overran a runway upon landing in southern India.

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